Arwen, Lord of the Rings

My childhood is filled with movie premieres that I attended with my friend Andrew.


Jurassic Park.


But of all the movies out there, Lord of the Rings holds a special place in my heart.

Not just because it’s an outstanding epic adventure, which it is.

It’s because my friend Andrew loved it so much he reread the books before the movies came out.

I fancy in another life all Andrew’s friends got together to watch the premiere of Lord of the Rings:  The Fellowship of the Ring, something which never happened in real life because Andrew was murdered in November of 2001.

So it brings me pleasure to work on an Arwen costume, which I imagine I might wear at a viewing of the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

  1. Arwen wig – $24.99
  2. Arwen dress and crown – $53.40
  3. Dark green cloak – $18.99
  4. Evenstar pendant – $108.99
  5. Latex elf ears – $7.09

Ariana Grande

I’m not a HUGE Ariana Grande fan.

I thought perhaps she got her start through American Idol, but of course I was wrong.

Ariana Grande got her start through Broadway and Nickelodeon TV.

She’s created some iconic looks for herself so not surprisingly, she is a popular celebrity to dress up as for Halloween.

Here’s my take on her:

  1. Masquerade rabbit mask – $6.99
  2. Long brown wig – $25.99
  3. Vintage crystal flower necklace – $25.99
  4. Black vinyl mini dress – $28.99 – $29.99
  5. Pretend microphone – $11.90
  6. Black vinyl over-the-knee boots – $65.99 – $99.00
  7. Long black vinyl gloves – $32.99 – $33.99

Hair today, gone tomorrow

It was officially over a year since I had my haircut, thanks to the pandemic.

Which is why I was so DESPERATE to get in and get a haircut with my stylist Tiffany.

My hair looked like THIS:



I waited two weeks after my second vaccination to make the appointment.

I showed up on time, wearing a mask, ready for a makeover.

Tiffany suggested cutting off six inches.

I told her to cut off close to twelve inches, which she did with glee.

Here is the final result:

I can’t tell you how much I love my shorter, bouncier, more stylist cut!

Just in time for a hybrid in-person birthday party for a friend where I plan to wear my blue velvet jumpsuit outfit.

Woo hoo!

Ace Ventura Costume

I’d like to dedicate this costume to my friend Jon who so closely resembles the character Ace Ventura from Ace Ventura Pet Detective that I believe he’s worn the costume several times to great success.

I’ll never forget seeing Ace Ventura Pet Detective with my friends way back in the 1990s.

It looked like such a stupid film I refused to pay to see it so a friend had to PAY FOR MY TICKET.

He was convinced that I would love the movie.

Of course I wound up loving the movie and the rest as they say is history.

Here’s my Ace Ventura, Pet Detective costume:

  1. Ace Ventura wig – $14.99 – $24.73
  2. Men’s white tank top – $7.00 – $17.13
  3. Hawaiian shirt – $9.27 – $30.90
  4. Black and red striped pants – $26.95 – $32.95 (tuck bell bottoms into boots)
  5. Stuffed parrot – $11.99
  6. Men’s black belt – $12.92
  7. Men’s black boots – $45.99

Holly Golightly

What is more iconic than the little black dress from the opening scenes of Breakfast at Tiffany’s worn by British ingenue Audrey Hepburn?

Nothing, I tell you.

The dress, designed by Hubert de Givenchy, is perfectly styled by costume designer Edith Head for the character of Holly Golightly.

I love it!

  1. Black evening dress – $42.99
  2. Breakfast at Tiffany’s accessory set – $44.99
  3. Black classic sunglasses – $14.99
  4. Black heels – $39.98 – $79.98
  5. Audrey Hepburn wig – $32.99




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Scary Spice

My personal recommendation is that you go as “an artist INSPIRED by Scary Spice” and not try to imitate the real person Mel B.

Although I discovered Spice Girl music too late to actually be part of the movement, I definitely appreciate their fashion sense, and Scary Spice has a warm place in my heart particularly.

Here’s my “Artist inspired by Scary Spice” costume based on her iconic look for the 1997 Brit Award performance:

  1. Pretend microphone – $11.90
  2. Curly wig – $18.85
  3. Leopard catsuit – $39.99 – $64.99 (remove the sleeves at the seams)
  4. Triangle bikini top – $29.46 – $55.00
  5. Leopard boots – $25.99

Don’t forget to remove the sleeves from the Leopard print catsuit and stitch a seam around the armholes to be as authentic as can be.




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Ginger Spice

I’ll never forget the first time I saw the Spice Girls.

The video “Say You’ll Be There” was playing on the television in 1996 and I watched in awe as the fabulous ladies pranced about in wild costumes, bright colors, and BIG hair.

So different than the grunge music scene that was huge when I was in college.

I instantly knew that I’d been born 5 years too early.

So I missed the window then but not now:

  1. Ginger wig – $15.36
  2. British Union Jack corset – $84.99 – $99.99
  3. Black ruffle butt panties/boyshorts – $34.99
  4. Women’s high top boots – $52.99 – $56.99
  5. Pretend microphone – $11.90


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Alice in Wonderland

Once upon a time, I created a Little Bo Peep costume for a Halloween party:

So when I set about creating an Alice in Wonderland costume, I first thought of my light blue corset which I could pair with a light blue tutu to make an Alice dress.

Then I changed my mind and thought a 50’s style light blue short sleeve tea length dress would be better than a corset and a tutu (and a lot more comfortable).

Here’s my Alice in Wonderland costume:

1.   Black bow hairband – $7.99

2.  Blond wig with bangs – $21.99

3.  Blue short sleeve dress  – $32.00 – $36.99

4.  White tights – $9.99

5.  White retro apron – $14.99

6.  White petticoat – $14.99

7.  Drink Me potion necklace – $11.99

8.  Black Mary Jane shoes – $99.90 – $241.22



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Ragnar Lothbrok

Let’s be honest, the ENTIRE reason I watch Vikings is to see Travis Fimmel play Ragnar Lothbrok.

The love triangle between him, Aslaug and Lagertha is titillating to say the least.

So it comes as no surprise then that I’d want someone to play Ragnar to my Lagertha.


1.  Foam battle axe – $37.99

2.  Viking costume with shield – $79.98 including shield

3.  Men’s fur-lined cape – $30.15

4.  Brown leather wristband – $9.99

5.  Medieval ring belt – $41.00

6.  Brown medieval boots – $79.99 – $89.99

7.  Viking shield – $79.98 including costume



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Ragnar and Lagertha

I’ve been thinking about having a Viking’s Ragnar Lothbrok to pair with my Lagertha outfit and it seems to me that there are sources out there where you can buy a full Ragnar costume for $2,300 or a cheaper version for $350.

Of course the only friend I have right now in my “Covid Bubble” is 6’7” tall and not a standard size therefore regular sized clothes won’t fit him.

But he’d make a remarkable Ragnar Lothbrok.

And let’s just take a second to appreciate Travis Fimmel and Katheryn Winnick’s on-screen chemistry in this YouTube video of the on-and-off-again lovers Ragnar and Lagertha: